Definition of crampon in English:


Line breaks: cram|pon
Pronunciation: /ˈkrampɒn
, -pən/


(usually crampons)
  • 1A metal plate with spikes fixed to a boot for walking on ice or rock climbing.
    More example sentences
    • To scale the 35 metres you need climbing boots, crampons, two ice axes, a helmet, a harness, plus a head for heights.
    • We put crampons over our boots, roped up and ascended the ice cliff in single file, using our ice picks to stabilize us at each step.
    • In fact, you'd probably need crampons in order to walk.


Middle English (in sense 2): from Old French, of Germanic origin.

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